Kobe Bryant

My Kobe Bryant Heartbreak

Kobe Bryant, one of my favourite basketball players and one of the best to ever play the game, announced that he would retire at the end of the season.  When I read his beautiful, heartfelt letter on The Players’ Tribune, tears filled my eyes and ran down my face.  It was official.  My favourite [male] basketball player was officially coming to the end of his career.

It hurt me to see Kobe suffer from major injury, after major injury, over the past three seasons, especially as his age made it harder for him to fight back.  Kobe’s decline in this current season has broken my heart, as his body continues to break down, preventing him from being the stellar player we all know he is.  Unfortunately, he won’t be going out in a blaze of glory in his final season, but at least he can see that his time is up and I rate him for that.

When I became a basketball fan, Kobe Bryant was the first player that I fell in love with.  In fact, he was one of the main reasons why I became a Lakers fan and why I always will be.  I could see that he wasn’t perfect and had many flaws, but I love him for who he is.  One of the main reasons why I love Kobe is because of his work ethic.  He is tenacious and he will fight to win, carrying the whole team on his back and trying to get them back into a game all on his own.  It didn’t always work, but when it did, it was magic.

Kobe is also resilient, playing through pain and displaying the most unbelievable endurance.  His strength inspires me and sometimes when I work out, I think about what he does to motivate me and push me harder.  I may not be a sportsperson, but I definitely have the ability to push a little harder if he can shoot two free throws with a torn Achilles — that was an amazing moment for me.

Seeing Kobe play for the Lakers and appear in All-Star games has been a constant for me since I started following the NBA, so knowing that he will no longer be a part of that is really sad for me, but time does move on and people get older.  As much as I hate to say it, this is definitely the right time for Kobe to retire, but at least I’ve had the opportunity to see him play and watch him win two of those five championships.  I also got a close glimpse of him in London, after he’d won his second Olympic gold, which is something that I will treasure forever.

I know that this couldn’t have been an easy decision to make for Kobe, as you can see how much he loves the game, which made me love it right along with him.  Basketball is clearly his first love and having to give up your first love must be one of the hardest things to do.  However, Father Time is knocking and Kobe is showing grace by answering the door, so now it is time of us to start waving good-bye.  I just wish this goodbye could have ended in one final playoff run for him.

For now, I have to say thank you Kobe Bryant for the dedication you showed to the game of basketball and providing us with so many great moments.  You will forever be one of my favourite players and one of the best to ever grace the court.

Kobe Bryant

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My Top 5 Basketball Players

Yesterday I shared my Top 5 Childhood Songs with you, but since the WNBA Finals are in full swing and the NBA pre-season is taking place, it makes sense to tell you my Top 5 basketball players.  I’m sure you already know that basketball is my favourite sport and I’ve already told you my Top 5 Basketball Babes, but now is the time to let you in on the players that I love so much and whose game I most admire.

 

5. Seimone Augustus

When I first had the chance to watch a WNBA game and see the Minnesota Lynx play, Seimone Augustus immediately stood out to me.  I loved her silky smooth pull-up jumper, I loved her slick crossover and I just loved her swagger on the court.  Let’s just say Seimone quickly became one of my favourite players.Seimone Augustus

4. Tim Duncan

This may surprise some people, but Tim Duncan has to be one of my favourite basketball players.  He is a sound, smart player who developed his basketball IQ playing the four full years at college — they call him ‘The Big Fundamental’ for a reason.  However, what I love most about Timmy (as I affectionately call him) is his humility and team-first mentality.  He is a true leader and has the heart of a champion.  More NBA players should follow his example; they might just have a ring by now.Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs

3. Brittney Griner

I love me some Brittney Griner.  I’ve loved Brittney since I first saw her play for Baylor University, when she was a freshman struggling with stamina and asking to be taken off the court.  Brittney is a player who will always stand out with her 6’8 frame, but she knows what to do with that height and I enjoyed watching her grow as player.  It was her story off the court that really drew me to her though, as spoke out about the bullying she experienced and becoming more comfortable with who she was.  Brittney is an inspiration to many and she is truly beautiful, inside and out.Brittney Griner, Anna Prins

2. Kobe Bryant

I am a big Lakers fan and I am a big Kobe Bryant fan.  Kobe is a cold-blooded player and I always enjoy seeing him on the court, whether he is shooting a dagger three or shooting his turn-around jumper over defenders.  Kobe is one of the best to ever play the game and when he’s on top form, he is seriously amazing to watch.  Yet what I love best about Kobe is that he’s one of the strongest and most resilient players I’ve ever seen, fighting through pain and injury to give his all to his team — let’s not forget when he shot those two free throws with a torn achilles.Kobe Bryant, Johan Petro, Pau Gasol

1. Maya Moore

My ultimate favourite basketball player is the “great Maya Moore”, as Rebecca Lobo refers to her, and I have to agree.  I saw Maya’s greatness in UConn, where I first watched her play as a star freshman and I’ve loved her ever since — I was devastated when UConn lost in the Final Four during Maya’s senior year, as I wanted her to win that championship after she’d helped other seniors win the two previous years.  Maya is an amazing player, who has grown and grown over the years and managed to win at every level, even if that means changing her diet to make her more conditioned and an even better player.Maya Moore

So there you have it, my Top 5 basketball players.  Do any of my choices surprise you?  And who are your favourite basketball players?

Those Basketball Players

When I tell people that I like to watch basketball and that it is my favourite sport, there are many of them that ask if it is the sport or actually the players that I like watching.  It is the sport itself that I like watching; however, the players are an added bonus and man do I love those basketball players.  They have been on my mind a lot recently, so I just had to write a little bit about them

Kobe Bryant was my first basketball crush and he was a small part of the reason that I initially became a Lakers fan.  My crush on Kobe ceased a long time ago and although I do not think that he is as gorgeous as he once was, Kobe is still one of my favourite players.  My attraction to Lakers players continued when I had a big thing for Pau Gasol, but that also is now a thing of the past.

I remember the short time I spent liking Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, both for different reasons.  There was something about Kevin’s attitude that I was attracted to, whilst a dream about Anthony led me to like him.  I was into Jon Scheyer and Gordon Hayward after watching them play in the Duke v Baylor National Championship game, although I definitely would not be into them now.

However, there are certain basketball players that I am crazy about now.  I have loved Seth Curry ever since he played at Duke and I watched his cute face mature into the really gorgeous face he has now.  He also has a really beautiful smile and a 3-point shot that I like to watch.

Then there is the two UConn guards, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright.  There were a load of cuties and gorgeous guys with great game in the NCAA Tournament this year, but it was these two that stood out to me (followed closely by Kentucky’s James Young).

Shabazz Napier is cute with a great smile, but it is his cheeky and commanding character that I love, whilst Ryan Boatright is so fine and he is full of heart which accompanies his big personality.  These two gave me so much jokes in the National Championship game.

Now we come to my two ultimate favourites – the two guys from the San Antonio Spurs that I am wild about.  There is the very cute and meek Kawhi Leonard with the huge hands and cornrows, which surprisingly for me, I want him to cut off (or maybe just pull into a ponytail).  Despite being quiet, Kawhi has great game and I love watching him on the court, especially when he is defending.  I’d really love to hang out with him to find out what his personality is really like though.

And there is Tim Duncan – words cannot even describe how much I am into him.  He is too much for me and he manages to make me laugh whenever the Spurs play.  Timmy is sweet, humble and very, very cute.  I am crazy about his vacant look and I love that he has grown his hair this NBA season.  He looks like someone who would be really cool to be around and as I’ve said before, I would not say no if he asked me out on a date, even if that does make me weird.

I really do love the game of basketball and I can’t wait to go to a live game that I can properly remember one day, but I really am crazy about those basketball players.  It would be great if one day they were taking me out after a game.